Jackson Browne was honored for his extraordinary contributions of time and talent to the inseparable causes of peace, environmental harmony, and social justice on local and planetary scales.
He was introduced by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. . Kennedy is an environmental attorney, author, and activist who serves as president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a group he co-founded in 1999.
Jackson Browne has composed and performed songs widely regarded as among the most literate and moving in popular music, defining a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion, and personal politics. He was inducted in 2004 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 2007 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine counts three of his albums among the greatest 500 albums of all time, and counts him among the 40 greatest songwriters of all time.
Several of his albums, such as Lives in the Balance, World in Motion, Looking East, and Standing in the Breachdirectly challenge imperialist foreign policy, environmental short-sightedness, and corporate greed, questioning the sustainability of the present civilization.
He has produced and performed in a thousand benefit performances to support the environment, social justice, and human rights as well as causes such as music and arts education in public schools.
From the 1970s to the present he has motivated artists to stand with him against nuclear dangers, for solidarity with developing nations, and on behalf of the health of the seas. In December 2018 Browne released “The Dreamer”—a song that poignantly dramatizes the plight of those who have relied on the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) .